31 Mar 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - The Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy Thursday received a sponsorship of N.dollars 250 000 from Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL).
Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda, Namibias International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight World champion, will step into the ring in a title unification match against Moises Flores from Mexico in May this year.
Ambunda, 35, has a record of 25 fights, 24 wins and one loss.
Flores, 29, holds a record of 25 fights and 25 wins, and is the current Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight World champion.
To stage the fight that will take place under the theme Celebrating your Own on 07 May 2016 at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek, the boxing stable is working towards raising N.dollars 6 million.
Multichoice Namibia was the first company to pledge, sponsoring N.dollars 200 000 towards the hosting of the fight, but that amount was increased to N.dollars 300 000 after negotiations.
During a media briefing organised by the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy here on Thursday, Ian Stevenson, NBLs Manager of Sponsorships and Events announced they will be sponsoring the event through their new beer brand King Lager.
Sponsoring a boxing event is a new thing for the NBL but we realised our new exciting innovation of King Lager, which is brewed with home-grown barley, has something to give back to the country. We are happy to be associated with boxing for the first time, he said.
Speaking at the same event, MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said hosting the title unification fight will cost N.dollars 6 million and it will be a bad reflection on the country if not enough money is raised to stage the fight.
We managed to strike deals with SuperSport on DSTV and NBC to allow people to buy advertising space for N.dollars 600 000 on DSTV or N.dollars 350 000 or N.dollars 250 000 on NBC.
This fight will be broadcast in Mexico, the United States of America and the rest of Africa through SuperSport on DSTV, and this would be a perfect opportunity for companies to buy air space for advertising their products, he said.
The boxing stable has so far managed to raise N.dollars 550 000, meaning it still needs to raise another N.dollars 5 450 000.